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Fantasy on a Gaelic Hymnsong

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger


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General Info

Year:1998
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00  |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This rhythmically exciting work is based on the gentle Gaelic melody known to most as Morning has Broken, but after a brief expressive introduction, all gentleness is left behind! Holsinger spends the rest of the piece moving through an interesting series of modulations while pitting different instrumental choirs against each other in a duple vs. triple contest. The result is a sense of unceasing rhythmic vitality held together by the ever-present and familiar melodic motif.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the Danville High School Concert Band, Danville, Illinois, Chuck Hess, Director of Bands

- Program Note from score


One of my earliest recollections growing up in the Hardin Methodist Church was that wonderful Sunday when the new red hymnals arrived. For as long as I could remember we always sang out of ragged and worn black hymnals that I was sure had been purchased in my grandfather's lifetime. What intrigued me the most as a young musician was that this new hymnal contained a rather large number of "modern" sounding songs. I knew these new songs must be good and radical because, even with all the diversity and progressive harmonies these songs displayed, our choir leader refused to sing them because "they sounded strange." Several of the new songs weren't even written in four-part harmony, supposedly to be sung in unison to a "kinda-like-pop-music-accompaniment" ... which, of course, occasionally forced the choir leader to burst forth with a disparaging discourse on how the "Hymnal Committee" (somewhere out There in Methodist Official-Land) had certainly lost their senses and wasted a whole lot of paper on a bunch of "awful" songs unfit to sing in the Lord's House!

Well, I thought a lot of them were "cool", especially my favorite melody, Morning has Broken ... a refrain that has remained a favorite for years. Twenty-some years later, I KNEW the song was cool, when a recording artist named Cat Stevens used the song on his very best album (my opinion ...)."Cool" or inspirational, here is that melody I've always wished was mine! I hope you enjoy this Gaelic fantasy.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Louisiana: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Lutheran High School South (St. Louis, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Matthew C. Janssen, conductor) – 27 March 2019
  • Dalton/Whitfield Community Band (Tunnel Hill, Ga.) (George “Smitty” Barnett, conductor) – 12 November 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 11 October 2016
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 May 2016
  • Rockwood (Mo.) All-District Honor Band (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 21 November 2015


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